Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest basketball players to ever do so, and now fans have the chance to own a little piece of his NBA history.
The PWCC market is offer the pair of shoes Bryant wore in his first-ever All-Star appearance, in which he became the youngest star to ever play in the game – a record he still holds. The black and white Adidas Crazy 8s feature purple and gold trim as a nod to his team, the Los Angeles Lakers. Purple is found on the tongue tag and tab, as well as the heel tab. Meanwhile, the adidas logo on the ankle and the three-stripe heel insignia are adorned in gold.
In the February 8, 1998 game, Bryant and the West faced Michael Jordan in the East. Jordan was in his Last Dance season, so the All-Star Game was a matchup between the old and new NBA guard. In the end, Jordan became the game’s MVP, with 23 points and eight assists, leading his team to a 135-114 win, while Bryant led the West with 18 points.
Bryant went on to appear in 18 All-Star Games throughout his Hall of Fame career, being crowned MVP four times with a record. “I’m just having fun, having a good time,” he said in a halftime interview on his first appearance. “Michael is a great player, one of the best players of all time. What better way to learn the game than by tackling him?
The shoes up for auction have been compared to those Bryant wore in that 1998 game by a number of entities, helping to ensure their authenticity. The PWCC sale ends on October 20, with the current bid standing at $25,000. That gives you a few more days to shoot your shot and see if you can score a piece of NBA history.